Steep Black Sea mountains call adrenalin-seek­ing climbers

With ev­er­green pas­tures and a Swiss-like moun­tain range, the Black Sea re­gion is a heaven for both am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional moun­taineers

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

THE VAST and beau­ti­ful mountains and steep cliffs of the Black Sea are among the first choices of many climb­ing en­thu­si­asts.

The Black Sea, a won­der of na­ture with forests, lakes and rivers, also of­fers var­i­ous sports ac­tiv­i­ties. The re­gion, which is Turkey’s very own Switzer­land and a fre­quent des­ti­na­tion for ac­tiv­i­ties, such as moun­tain hik­ing, photo sa­faris, trekking and raft­ing, is also suit­able for rock climb­ing.

The sports routes opened in the Kaçkar Mountains in Rize, Doğankaya in Trab­zon and Koçkayası in Gire­sun are among the places climb­ing en­thu­si­asts pre­fer.

With foggy mountains and mild cli­mate, the moun­tain range of the Black Sea of­fers a place for sports and as a spot to ap­pre­ci­ate Mother Na­ture.

Gire­sun of Cul­ture and Tourism Pro­vin­cial Direc­tor Ke­mal Gür­genci told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the Black Sea re­gion has po­ten­tial for all types

of tourism.

Gür­genci said they think that there is vast po­ten­tial for moun­taineer­ing tourism. “Giv­ing an ex­am­ple from our own prov­ince, the opening of new routes in Koçkaya con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to this sport. There are sports climb­ing routes opened by national moun­taineers Tunç Fındık and Doğan Po­lut and ex­treme sports spe­cial­ist Kürşat Öztürk in Gire­sun’s Dereli dis­trict’s Küm­bet Plateau Koçkayası,” Gür­genci said, stress­ing that the re­gion at­tract­ing national moun­taineers re­veals how high the po­ten­tial is.

National moun­taineer Fındık said that the en­tire Black Sea, es­pe­cially the east­ern Black Sea, has spe­cial po­ten­tial.

Point­ing out that rock for­ma­tions around the Kaçkar Mountains, Trab­zon and Gire­sun are very valu­able places in terms of climb­ing sports, Fındık said there are more places to con­sider.

Fındık said that the Kaçkar Mountains are a cer­ti­fied moun­tain climb­ing re­gion. “There are so many places to be dis­cov­ered. These mountains al­low dif­fer­ent climbs and nat­u­ral sports dur­ing sum­mer and win­ter at an al­ti­tude of 4,000 me­ters.” Fındık added.

Not­ing that there are mountains and plateaus up to 3,000 me­ters be­hind Gire­sun and Ordu west of the Kaçkar Mountains, he said these re­gions of­fer quite nice op­por­tu­ni­ties for na­ture sports and na­ture lovers and sug­gested that many routes could be opened for climb­ing. “Me and my friends have not yet reached the full po­ten­tial of the area. Around Trab­zon, there is Doğankaya, which has climb­ing routes with­out bolts, en­abling tra­di­tional moun­taineer­ing,” he said.

Fındık said they climbed in Gire­sun’s Koçkayası re­gion for the first time, re­call- ing that they opened climb­ing routes at vary­ing dif­fi­culty lev­els with bolts and fixed safety points ev­ery 20 me­ters in Koçkayası.

He also said that the Black Sea re­gion is a par­adise of na­ture, in ad­di­tion to climb­ing. “A mag­nif­i­cent place with forests, rivers and lakes. These are unique places in Turkey. There are places suit­able for all na­ture sports, from hik­ing to moun­taineer­ing and rock climb­ing,” Fındık said.

An­other national moun­taineer, Doğan Pa­lut, said the ge­og­ra­phy and cli­mate of the east­ern Black Sea is dif­fer­ent. “It has dif­fer­ent fea­tures and rock struc­tures com­pared to the cen­tral Ana­to­lian, Aegean and Mar­mara re­gions. Moun­taineers en­joy see­ing dif­fer­ent places and climb­ing dif­fer­ent rocks.”

Stress­ing that the re­gion has an un­pro­cessed po­ten­tial, Pa­lut said: “Its peo­ple and cul­ture are dif­fer­ent, which is a treasure for us. It is im­por­tant to have such sports re­gions. We rep­re­sent the sports part of the job. We need to build in­fra­struc­ture so that peo­ple can come and climb. Bet­ter places and rocks with po­ten­tial can be dis­cov­ered.”

Sümela Monas­try

Gire­sun Mountains

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